Are you one of those people who just doesn’t know how to make a good first impression? Then I would know what you are going through I too used to be one of those sad souls. As we all know the first impression can last but a few seconds. Also it can be even quicker for anyone to size you up and make a decision about you as a person. This undoubtedly is part of human nature. We are a skeptical species of any one which does not run inside our trusted social groups. The true key to making a good first impression is to show strong attributes, which will make the other person envious. It really can sometimes just be a desire driven thing moment where the other person or group appreciates your attributes.
Making a good first impression can be so important that it could effect your success in life. Your impression in a sales pitch, your impression in a job interview, trust in relationships and other walks of life which require social interaction.
Depending on the actual generation or focus group you are interacting with this can mean very different things. Here are a few general things you can do to be accepted by general society as a good first impression maker.
How to make a good first impression with the way you dress
If you have a very bad idea for dress aesthetics. Formal wear makes it very difficult to go wrong. Formal wear is designed for consistency of look. It is symmetric, balanced and stylish and will most likely will always be a head turner. Luckily with your dressing habits you have options, as long as you keep the look consistent and your clothing fits you like a glove you should be fine. Try to wear clothing which compliments your best attributes. Alternatively wear clothing which can diminish the negative portions of your physical appearance. Here is bit of a guide on what sorts of things you can do for different body types. I will discuss both the women body shapes as well as the male body shapes.
Women and the different body types
The main body types we see in women are the triangle,hourglass, rectangle and vee body type.
Triangle Body Type
Your shoulders aren’t as wide as your waist and you generally are wider in the hips. Here are some ways you can improve your look. With this body type it is essential to try and widen the shoulders to take away emphasis on the hips. For this reason wearing necklaces and v tops which show a bit more skin below the chin will emphasize the focal point to be on your upper body.
Wearing jackets with shoulder padding may help give that slight widening to the shoulders which will push the focal point up to just below your chin. Over all from a distance this should make you look more balanced and give you a more slimmer curvy look.
Hour glass body type
Your shoulders and hips are pretty much the same width and your waist is some what smaller than your hips and shoulders. Your body type is mostly curvy. For the best effect you would want to create a taller look. You can do this with high heel shoes, dresses and long coats tied up with a belt. To allow a longer feel. This should balance out any overbearing look of your being potentially wider than you would like to be.
Rectangle body type
All parts of your upper body are mostly the same width. What we would want to go for is the creation of a more curvy feel. To do this we need to emphasize the shoulders. Wearing sleeveless tank tops can really place more emphasis on the shoulders leaving the waist to the imagination creating a slightly more curvy look.
Vee body type
Your shoulders is wide and waist tapering in towards your hips. What can really help is the creation of long legs. We can do this with high heels and dresses which are just above the knee. To create that long leg look. Removing absolute focus away from the shoulders.
Men and the different body types
In men we generally see three different body types. The beer belly wider waist than shoulders type (right side up triangle), upside down triangle and the rectangle.
Right side up triangle
Your waist is bigger than your shoulders. With this body type you would really like to emphasize those shoulders. We are going for that v-taper look. Wear jackets which pads the shoulders. Suit jackets can also help this effect. Wearing a suitable belt and slimmer pants would create a slimmer look below the waist line creating a v shape top to bottom.
Upside down triangle
This is usually quite an athletic build type. You would want to extenuate your smaller waist to expose the obliques. Slimmer shirts will fit you best to make the shoulders look wider and the waist smaller.
Everything is pretty much in proportion. Wear slimmer pants and jackets which widen the shoulders.
How to make a good first impression simply by changing posture
Body language is a big component in our communication as human beings. Not so much as an actual language, but can tell a lot about a persons mood and mental state. If you are slouching or in a reserved position all the time this could really damage the impression of your confidence. This especially could be damaging in a situation where you need to prove yourself perhaps in an interview or presentation. It is super important to convey confidence and will be super difficult for any one to get that impression if you look as if you are disinterested or negative towards your current situation.
Stand up straight keep good focus on your audience, have your level of sight meet theirs. It is good to make contact with individuals in your audience from time to time to allow them the feeling that they are part of the conversation you are in. If it is with one person one on one make sure to keep eye contact as this is a sign of trust and that you giving them your full attention.
How to make a good first impression just with good manners
The way you speak and treat people can make the world of difference. Listening and responding with an emotional connection can make people feel more comfortable. Don’t use vulgar language when wanting to make a good first impression it will only paint the picture of you being a low life. Be courteous and be considerate of the needs and thoughts of others. Allowing others to speak their minds gives them just so much more comfort. Don’t judge others you want to make an impression with treat them as a guru.
How to make a good first impression through good vibes
Be positive and rub your positivity off on people. Everyone likes to be associated with someone who can bring a shining light into their lives. Be positive always and make people feel you have something really positive to introduce into their lives. This feel good feeling will eventually be associated with your presence and will create a more longer term good impression of you to a person or an audience.
How to make a good first impression through speach
Speak clearly and to the point. This will make people feel you are an authority in your field or topic of discussion and will create and even better impression of your with them.
How to make a good first impression through basic body language
Remember to smile and put on a friendly face. Be confident and have an open body language no folded arms or hands in front of your face or mouth. Open up your body language keep your arms to your sides. Use hand movements in your discussions they just illustrate a story much better than it would if you didn’t. Think openness and allow the right people in. If you do they will feel more open and comfortable with you as well.
How to make a good first impression through grooming
Always be neat, well dressed and your hair and hygiene be at it’s peak. Hygiene is a big factor in how people perceive you. Bad hygiene can be a sign of laziness, no care and lack of ambition. Make sure to practice good hygiene
What else to consider when you want to make a good impression
Every person in the world is different and they all could notice different things. The above items discuss most of the common things people will look for when sizing you up. It is best to practice all of them day to day and keep all of these items maintained in your life if you wish to continuously convey a good impression. An example may be a person which is extremely grooming conscious they may notice nothing else about you except your hygiene and if you practice all the items above they might say after you have left your meeting or interview saying wow that person has really great hygiene. So try to practice all these items to try and make an impression with most of the general population on a consistent basis.
Other resources on how to make a good first impression
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